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Ephesians 2:4

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Read: Ephesians 2:4

The worldly man speaks of riches in terms of material wealth. He yearns for money, jewellery, big houses and luxury items. Sadly, even churchgoers of our time are overly concerned with material riches.

But a godly man, like the apostle Paul, will be extremely vigilant and cautious towards material wealth (cf. 1 Timothy 6:9-11). In fact, such a man will also be overwhelmingly fascinated with the riches of God. In his epistles, Paul spoke glowingly of “the unsearchable riches of Christ...


Psalm 103:9

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 19 February 2018

Read: Psalm 103:9

Though God’s people have often provoked the LORD, He has not dealt with them according to their sins. Psalm 78:38-39 tell us, “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again...


Hebrews 3:15b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 February 2018

Read: Hebrews 3:15b

Today, not tomorrow! Now, not later! Nothing is said in this verse about tomorrow. To God’s people, every day is an opportunity from God to know His will and fulfil it. How they respond each day to the Lord matters! They are warned against hardening their hearts towards the Lord and against provoking Him to displeasure.

A new day of defiance would mean another day of aggravation and provocation of the just wrath of God. However, His gracious voice today extends another opportunity for all the defiant ones to repent and escape His wrath...


Psalm 95:7a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 17 February 2018

Read: Psalm 95:7a

All who claim that God is theirs must first prove that they are truly His; and they can prove it only if, as our verse states, they are always found in His pasture and they are led by His hand. It is nothing more than a phoney claim when those who would not sojourn with God or be led by Him make claims that God is theirs.

However, to all those who truly abide in God’s pasture and rejoice in His guidance and supervision, He is an eternal inheritance unto His people. In Exodus 20:2, the Lord told Israel, “I am the LORD thy God.” In Hebrews 11:16, we read that “wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God...


Psalm 95:6

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 16 February 2018

Read: Psalm 95:6

What a testimony to the commitment that a child of God should have towards the public worship of God! Now and then, I come across people who claim to be Christians but would not join others to worship Him. There are also those who ‘drag their feet’ to church, and find it a chore to spend a few hours to worship and serve Him on the Lord’s Day. But this verse, together with many suchlike ones, shows that God’s people count it their pleasure to gather and worship Him...


1 John 2:17

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 15 February 2018

Read: 1 John 2:17

The world is passing away. Its passing is depicted here as an ongoing process. Nothing in this world is permanent and sure. Our experience on earth is one of constant uncertainty and ruin. So Jesus cautioned us in Matthew 6:19, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal”. No reasonable person would lay up treasure where moth and rust destroy and thieves break through and steal, would he...


1 John 2:16

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Read: 1 John 2:16

In this verse, the world that is antithetical to God is unmasked. We are told that three elements constitute the ungodly world and all that are in it. A proper understanding of those three aspects of the world will prove to us why all that is in the world “is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The first element of the world is “the lust of the flesh” (or the cravings of the carnal nature of our fallen body). God has created our body with certain desires, such as hunger, thirst, rest, sex, etc., which are not evil in themselves...


1 John 2:15b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Read: 1 John 2:15b

What this verse says is that the one who unabashedly loves the world has never tasted the Father’s love. There is no ambiguity in what is stated in this verse. It is an indisputable fact that a man who continues to love the world and will not forsake it, does not have the love of God in him. Unashamed embracing of worldliness in an individual is an absolute proof that God’s love has not entered his heart...


1 John 2:15a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 12 February 2018

Read: 1 John 2:15a

This is not a prohibition against Christians being enterprising and industrious in their work or business. After all, the Scriptures encourage us to be diligent in our occupations. The Scriptures give us commands, such as “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds” (Proverbs 27:23), and also “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough...


Romans 12:2c

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:2c

The calling of all true Christians in this world is that by their lives, they may “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. Their daily mission on earth is to show forth by their words and actions what the will of God is.

The word “prove” (dokimázō) refers to testing and ascertaining the authenticity and quality of a thing. Christians, who are committed to the renewing of their minds by yielding to the Spirit and God’s Word, will be able to ascertain and demonstrate God’s will...



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